Gaming & Culture

How Indiana Jones, Rambo, and others ended up in 1980s Czechoslovak text-adventures

Enlarge / The loading screen of the browser-friendly version of Indiana Jones in Wenceslas Square, converted by Jaroslav Švelch and 8-bit veteran Martin Kouba. (Let’s officially consider this canon over Crystal Skull.) Indiana Jones is caught behind the Iron Curtain. Specifically, the globe-trotting archeologist is in the former Czechoslovakia, a Soviet satellite state, and he’s …

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Hulu brings back that irreverent magic with trailer for Animaniacs reboot

Yakko, Wakko, and Dot are back in Hulu’s reboot of the classic Animaniacs cartoon. Readers of a certain age will have fond childhood memories of weekday afternoons spent in the company of the Warner siblings, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, the central figures of the hugely popular, Emmy-award winning animated series, Animaniacs. Now a whole new …

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Review: The Haunting of Bly Manor is a perfectly splendid ghost story

Victoria Pedretti stars as Dani Clayton, who takes a job as a governess to two orphaned children at Bly Manor. Netflix A warm welcome. Netflix Dani bonds easily with young Flora Wingrave (Amelie Smith). Netflix Miles Wingrave (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) is more of a problem child. Netflix What did Miles do to get kicked out …

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New ex-Blizzard game studio formed to pick up a fallen RTS mantle

Enlarge It seems like every few months, we hear word of a new studio formed by Blizzard Entertainment veterans, which isn’t always newsworthy. But after a rough stretch for Blizzard’s roster of real-time strategy games, the latest cast of Blizzard veterans starting a new shop has put a bright new gleam in our figurative axe. …

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PS5 will use downloadable updates to control game-by-game fan speed

The PlayStation 5 comes with everything seen here. Some assembly required. Batteries not included. From Sony! Sony / Youtube Air vents! Sony / Youtube The entire rear of the system is pretty much one big air vent. Sony / Youtube The stand at the base of the (vertical) system is attached with a single large …

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Review: Don’t call it a comeback—The Boys returns better than ever in S2

Superheroes abuse their powers rather than using them for good in The Boys, which just concluded its second season. In my review of The Boys S1 last year, I called the Amazon Prime series “a wickedly funny, darkly irreverent adaptation” and “ideal late-summer therapy for anyone who has grown a bit weary of the constant onslaught of …

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Xbox Series X unleashed: Our unrestricted preview

Glamour shots with Xbox Series X and its accompanying gamepad. Sam Machkovech Notice that the top array of venting dots looks different depending on the angle? That’s intentional on Microsoft’s part. Sam Machkovech Should you choose to place your new Xbox Series X console on a set of stairs, Ars Technica cannot be held liable …

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Review: Healing and hope in Star Trek: Discovery’s third season

Enlarge / “The Federation isn’t just about ships. The Federation is its people.” CBS | YouTube The most frequent complaint levied against Star Trek: Discovery during its first two seasons was: “This doesn’t feel like the Star Trek I remember.” The critics did indeed have a point—from the outset, Discovery tried to lean into the …

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DiRT 5 and our first Xbox Series X “enhanced” tests: 120Hz saves the uneven ride

Microsoft provided the following three images of DiRT 5 running on Xbox Series X, which line up with how the game can look in its sweetened “photo” mode. But how does it look in action? Read on to find out. Codemasters The best visual element in DiRT 5 is the dirt, which spews from tires …

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NY Comic-Con: the Dark Man cometh in first trailer for The Stand miniseries

James Marsden, Whoopi Goldberg and Alexander Skarsgård star in the new CBS All Access limited miniseries The Stand, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. It’s Stephen King’s world; we’re just living in it. During New York Comic Con, CBS All Access dropped the first official trailer for its ten-episode limited miniseries …

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